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Pro Ski and Mountain Service is our retail specialty store. It has been located in North Bend, WA since 1999.
The past trips and courses have had a large influence on what we sell. Many of our Pro Guiding customers come on trips and courses with gear they purchased from our store. Not only do we want our clients to have the right gear for the job; we also receive direct feedback from them while they are using it in the field. Trust us - if the gear does not work - we won't sell it.
EQUIPMENT LISTIf you are in need of any of these items, please follow the red links to see the equipment we have tested, recommend, and sell through our online retail shop, Pro Ski and Mountain Service.
BASE LAYER Men's - Womens's
o 1 Bottom - midweight or lightweighto Non-Cotton Underwearo 1 or 2 Tops - midweight or lightweighto Sock Liners - 2 or 3 pairo Ski Socks - 2 pairMID LAYER Men's - Women'so Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece - only one of these is necessaryo Schoeller™ type pants - soft shellOUTERWEAR Men's - Women'so Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacketo Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Pants –may be omitted w/ Schoeller™ type pantso Warm Hat - should cover earso Sun Hat - baseball type or visoro Lightweight Gloveso Ski GlovesINSULATION Men's - Women'so Down or Synthetic Jacket
PERSONAL GEARo Day Pack - 25 to 40 Litero Headlamp - lightweight LED recommendedo Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters, wide moutho Sunglasses - adequate for snow travelo Goggleso Sunscreen - SPF >25, waterproofo Lip Balm - SPF 15+o Personal Toiletries - toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.o Waterless hand cleaner- there is no running water in the huts.o Small Personal 1st aid kit - blister repair (Compeed™), aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.o Ear Plugs - essential for sound sleep
SKI GEARo Skis - Alpine Touring or Telemarko Ski Boots - Alpine Touring or Telemark – no downhill bootso Ski Poles - telescopic poles work well, but not requiredo Alpine Touring Bindings - Lightweight recommendedo Climbing Skinso Ski Crampons - THESE ARE REQUIRED!o Ski Brakes
SAFETY GEARo Transceiver - single frequency, 457 kHz only, new batteries at start of tripo Shovel - compact, lightweight, metal blade preferredo Probe - dedicated probe only, ski poles do not suffice
TECHNICAL GEARo Ice Axe - 55-70 cm length, lightweighto Boot Crampons - STEEL ONLY; NO ALUMINUM!, check fit prior to departureo Anti-Balling Plates - fit to cramponso Climbing Harness - lightweight, BD Alpine Bod style.GLACIER TRAVEL KITo 2 Locking Biners - (1) large HMS style and (1) regular lockero 3 Non-locking Biners - any style, we recommend wire gateso 2 Cordelettes - 6 mm diameter, 6 meter lengths, untiedo 1 Sewn Sling - nylon or spectra, double-length
OPTIONAL ITEMS *We highly recommend these items, but do not require them to participate.o Camera - we’d like some shots for the PGS website!o Skin Waxo Thermos - vacuum typeo Note Pad and Pencil - Rite-in-the-Rain brand waterproof notebook workso Compass - adjustable declination a musto Altimeter - Suunto watch works wello Sleep Sack - lightweight silk or cottono Warm Socks - to sleep ino Foot Powdero Cash - see note below
GROUP GEAR PROVIDED BY PGS o Ropeso Technical Group Gear and VHF radioo Group 1st Aid Kit ➢ We recommend bringing cash for use in the huts to purchase snacks, lunches, and drinks. Water must be purchased and costs approximately $7 per liter. Most Pro Guiding Service customers have found bringing $200 to $250 in the local currency allows for a good hot meal in the afternoon and plenty of drinks (including beer) for a six-day hut trip. Please be aware that this trip is a full-blown ski mountaineering trip in very high alpine terrain. Excellent fitness, skiing ability and prior ski mountaineering experience are a prerequisite.FAQ’SHOW DO I GET TO CHAMONIX?Best is to fly into Geneva and take the bus which leaves right from the baggage claim area. Once you leave the baggage claim area, look across the hall. The counter is located on the other side of the hall. The bus is called Chamonix Bus and leaves from just outside the baggage claim area.SHOULD I CHANGE DOLLARS INTO EUROS IN GENEVA?It is better to wait until you get to Chamonix. That way you pay the change rate only once (as opposed to from Dollars to Swiss Francs then to Euros). HOW DO WE GET TO ZERMATT?This will be organzied by Pro Guiding Service and is included in the trip. Please make sure to keep your extra luggage to a reasonable amount.DO YOU SPEAK THE LOCAL LANGUAGE?Yes, we speak French, German and Italian. Martin actually grew up in the Zermatt Valley, and knows many locals in Zermatt and the surrounding area. THIS TRIP FEATURES SOME SERIOUS SKIING. SHOULD I BRING MY HEAVY STUFF?I would not bring super light ski touring gear, but it is definitively a ski mountaineering trip. There is a lot of everything going on during this trip: Technical skinning, hard skiing, and strong physical pushes. Try to optimize it!FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US IN THE OFFICE WITH SPECIFIC QUESTIONS.